ICC Champions Trophy Final: Cook ‘devastated’ at loss

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England fell to a devastating five-run loss in a rain-soaked ICC Champions Trophy final against India at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Rain delayed play for almost six hours and reduced both sides to just 20 overs to try and knock a competitive total and secure some silverware.

Cook won the toss and restricted the tourists to an attainable 129-7 as his side looked to try and win the first global 50-over international trophy.

The hosts made a shaky start in response, stumbling to 46-4, after a controversial decision to send Ian Bell back to the pavilion, despite replays placing a lot of doubt on the call.

Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara pulled together to add an extra 64 before the fall of the fifth wicket, but with the side needing just 20 from 16 deliveries Morgan and Bopara were dismissed, sparking a collapse which saw England lose four wickets for just three runs to finish on 124-8.

The skipper revealed that although it was a huge hammer blow to lose in such tense circumstances in the final he insists he is proud of the way the team performed over the tournament and is happy with the momentum heading into this summer’s Ashes series.

Cook said: “From that position, you back yourself to win more times than you lose.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow.

“We’re devastated, but we’ll move on and try to get better.”

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